Cleaning Can Aggravate Allergies
It’s important for those who suffer from allergies to be aware that cleaning your house stirs up dust, hair, dander, and other powerful allergens.
Ironically, those who schedule their big cleaning of the year to coincide with the arrival of spring are leaving themselves doubly vulnerable! This is because they will increase the spread of allergens inside their house. This is the time of year when the amount of allergens outside the house is peaking.
If you have allergies and do spring cleaning, be prepared for a health drain. It WILL accompany your cleaning. The best thing to do is to avoid taking on too big a cleaning task at one time. Break your cleaning tasks into small chunks. Get your family to help out. Perhaps some loved ones would do some spring cleaning while you are out shopping?
For most people, allergies interfere with many aspects of quality of life. These aspects include:
- getting a good night sleep (68 percent)
- doing outdoor activities (53 percent)
- being able to concentrate (50 percent)
- being productive at work (43 percent)
Allergies: 6th Leading Cause of Chronic Disease
The American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology reports that allergies are the sixth leading cause of chronic disease in the United States. Reports also state that four out of five people with allergies experience heightened symptoms when cleaning the house.